Municipal governments across Canada are showing support for LGBT rights in Russia by flying pride flags for the duration of the Sochi Olympics. Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal, Edmonton, Toronto and St. John's are among a growing number of Canadian cities that will raise the distinctive rainbow flags at their city halls.
Officials in Calgary, who had previously said they had no plans to participate, confirmed they had changed their mind this afternoon. In Toronto, Mayor Rob Ford voiced his opposition to flying the flag at City Hall, though the city manager says the flag will stay.
Meanwhile, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson took to Twitter to defend his decision:
@Awesomely11 if you have that point of view, I really don't want your vote.— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) February 6, 2014